Tacoronte & El Sauzal

The municipality covers 30.09 km2 (11.62 sq miles) and is divided by several ravines. Two of Tacoronte’s most popular bathing areas are Mesa del Mar, with a large black sandy beach, and the fishing quarter of El Pris, with a considerable tradition involving water sports such as scuba diving and water skiing. The hillsides are mostly used for farming, especially vineyards as the area produces some internationally acclaimed wines.

The Guanche people who once inhabited the municipality that is Tacoronte settled in the lands that are now the districts of Juan Fernández, Guayonje, El Pris and Mesa del Mar. They chose the area because of its good weather and the protection of the rugged coastline, whose cliffs are considered an Asset of Cultural Interest as an archaeological site. After the conquest, Sebastián Machado took over the territory of Tacoronte and together with other local residents he founded the Chapel of Santa Catalina.

Some choose to lose themselves amidst the lush greenery of the forest of Agua García. Others prefer to explore the magnificent Hamilton Gardens. But there are, of course, other options such as a tour of the historic quarter, with various attractions such as the Parish Church of Santa Catalina, La Alhóndiga and El Calvario. And for those who enjoy spending long days by the sea, there are two fabulous bathing areas: Mesa del Mar and El Pris.

Source: Tenerife Tourist Board